As an advocate for the planet, we recently had the honor of accepting the 2017 US Ocean Champion Award from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for our dedication to providing certified sustainable fish oil supplements. After much collaboration and hard work, 100% of our private label Member’s Mark fish and krill oil supplement products are traceable to a MSC-certified sustainable fishery.

(Left to Right: Sam’s Club President and CEO, John Furner, Sam’s Club Chief Merchandising Officer, Ashley Buchanan, Sam’s Club Vice President of Healthcare, David Badeen and Marine Stewardship Council Program Director, Eric Critchlow)

So what is the MSC and what does it mean to be MSC certified?

The MSC is an international non-profit organization that rewards ocean heroes, including fishermen, conservationists, chefs and others for sustainable fishing practices.

Want to be an ocean hero? You can! When you purchase products with the MSC blue fish label, you play an essential part in keeping our oceans healthy and thriving.

The MSC ecolabel shown on seafood and fish products means that it comes from a wild-caught fishery which meets the MSC’s science-based standard for environmentally sustainable fishing. The seafood is fully traceable to a sustainable source which means you know exactly what you’re getting, and you can feel good about your purchase.

Seafood products that carry the blue MSC ecolabel can be traced back through the supply chain to its original source. Fisheries must meet 28 performance indicators for sustainability across three principles: sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impacts, and effective management.

Why is this important to Sam’s Club?

Working with others, we aspire to reshape the way we work to achieve significant and lasting improvement in environmental and social outcomes, in a way that also improves our business. Our approach accelerates us towards our three aspirational goals: to create zero waste, operate with 100% renewable energy and sell products that sustain our resources and the environment. We are using our strengths to not only further work in our own operations, but to also help create a more sustainable value chain. We expect our products with the Member’s Mark name to uphold these values to the highest extent and we work with our suppliers to make that happen.